Orpheus: The project behind the performance


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Orpheus: The project behind the performance

Orpheus: Monteverdi Reimagined
14 October - 19 November 2022
Performances in: Leeds Grand Theatre, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Royal Nottingham and The Lowry, Salford Quays

For more information about the Orpheus tour and to book, visit the Opera North website
Runtime: approximately 2h 50min
Languages: Italian, Urdu, Malayalam, Bengali, and Punjabi, with English titles 

Honouring Monteverdi's pioneering spirit, this new version of Orpheus is born of a union of uniquely talented singers and musicians from both the South Asian and baroque classical traditions, who invite us to join them in a thrilling reimagining of a beautiful baroque masterpiece.

In homage to music and the kinship it inspires, we join hands with Opera North in the new production of Orpheus: Monteverdi reimagined. This is a true testament to a collaborative performance, one that illuminates the presence of the music traditions from East and West with an equal bearing. In doing so, we are breaking the spell that has long been cast upon the musical union between Indian Classical and Western music collaborations. Having for far too long seen the former stationed in the shadowy corner of the stage, Orpheus sparks an important change. In an equal bringing together of sitars, violins, tablas, and trumpets to lend each other rhythm and cheer, the stage becomes a reflection of the world we hope to see, one where cultural and artistic differences are respected and encouraged.

"We have made history. This momentous project has been made possible by the strong relationship between our two organisations, which has developed through several innovative projects during the past two decades, as well as SAA-uk's own mission of preserving the traditional and facilitating the contemporary for that past 25 years. The seed of this was planted by living legend Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and has given rise to young exceptional musicians like Jasdeep Singh Degun and Kaviraj Singh who began their journeys with SAA-uk. In turn they have inspired our organisation to continue to invest, nurture and develop unique talent that is able to navigate as well as be a bridge between music traditions, creating a seamless confluence that touches the human spirit." - Keranjeet Kaur Virdee, Chief Executive and Artistic Director    

Orpheus is a must see for the musician seeking inspiration from the sounds across the world, the aspiring South Asian artists who are ready to see their experiences, culture and stories represented in a significant way, or for the admirer, one who loves to find the beauty in music, culture, and community.

Orpheus to be streamed online: PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 3, 2022
Five reasons to catch Orpheus: PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2022
Culture Counts: Building Bridges through Collaboration: PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2022
Where Greek and Indian myths collide: PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2022
The story of Orpheus: PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2022

“This production's significance cannot be overstated”
★★★★★ — The Independent

“Sheer boldness of vision… an outstanding cross-cultural success.”
★★★★★ — The Stage

“A thought-provoking experiment, superbly performed by all”
★★★★ — The Telegraph

“This Orpheus has a special magic… a thing of joy.”
★★★★ — The Times

“A complete triumph…enchanting from the start”
★★★★ — The Arts Desk

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